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Tajine Moroccan restaurant, SF

Melanie Wong | Sep 2, 200502:05 AM

Last month I dropped in here for an inexpensive early dinner after finding that Green Pizza and its Tunisian specialties were no more. I was pleased to see that it had taken over the space that had been Little Deli, my favorite Indian restaurant, a fact that hadn't registered with me before. The same 11 seats are there in a neat, white-washed interior now decorated with Moroccan knick-knacks.

While I waited for my food, I enjoyed some mint tea, $2.50. I loved the tea set-up, lending a more formal touch than expected at this tiny eatery.

I started with the chicken bastilla, $5.50, for an appetizer. Suebe has described it well in her post (linked below). I liked that dark meat was used as well as white meat chicken, and especially that the almonds were brown and crunchy from roasting or frying. The sugar and cinnamon were only a light sprinkle, but instead of the traditional criss-cross pattern, mine was enscribed with a heart. Maybe someone in the kitchen was sending me a valentine? (g)

After polishing that off by myself, I was plenty full, but I still had the vegetarian couscous, $5.99, coming. The light and greaseless broth was quite lovely with more flavor than expected in a vegetarian version. The grain was okay for instant. The vegetables --- turnip, carrots, winter squash, cabbage, and tomatoes --- were steamed until just turning soft and were not mushy. The kitchen helper asked me if I'd like more broth, just as I was noticing that the grain had absorbed all the liquid and was getting to dry. I thought that was a nice touch too, and it made the next day's leftovers taste even better.

While I wasn't wow'd by the food, I was quite satisfied, especially for the price. Tajine offers another budget dining option in the Tenderloin.

Tajine Moroccan Restaurant
552 Jones St.
San Francisco
7 days a week, 11am to 11pm
Cash only



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